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Client news: Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service

Posted on | March 28, 2016 | No Comments

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New members of the Nanci Garnand Team – clockwise, from top left, Gornall, Worthan, Bondie, Deeds

Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service

Bigger team, more specialties provide more bandwidth for listings and even better marketing in NoCo’s active real estate market

Loveland, CO – Nanci Garnand and RE/MAX Eagle Rock are pleased to announce the expansion of the The Nanci Garnand Team with the addition of four new members, Sarah Bondie, Dave Gornall, Emily Worthan and Sandy Deeds.

Sarah Bondie says, “I decided to join the Garnand Team after meeting with Nanci and instantly appreciating her creative, positive vision for success and her ability to encourage the success and growth of those around her.” Bondie is focused on using the best, most powerful online tools to make the Garnand Team and clients’ properties stand out as part of an unwavering, trusted internet presence. Born in Fort Collins and raised in Michigan, Sarah was glad to return to Colorado, where she met her husband, in 2004 and move back to Fort Collins in 2010. Her creative interests include designing a creating clothing and accessories for infants and children.

Emily Worthan comes to RE/MAX Eagle Rock after years working from home and raising her two children. Joining the Nanci Garnand Team as Nanci’s assistant allows her to learn more about Colorado real estate. “I decided I wanted to get back into real estate because that’s what I really enjoyed when I was actively selling in Wyoming, and now I have some extra time.” Now that her children are both in school, Worthan hopes to reinstate her Wyoming real estate license and get her Colorado license to add to the team’s capabilities as an agent.

Sandy Deeds has been a licensed real estate agent since 2000. Deeds has mentored starting agents for many years, taught at Real Estate College and been a personal assistant to several top Fort Collins agents. Her knowledge of systems coordination, contracts and lead generation make her a great addition to the Nanci Garnand Team. “I joined Nanci’s team because of the opportunities for dynamic growth in different areas of the business,” said Deeds. “I look forward to taking on new challenges in the real estate industry.”

Dave Gornall joined RE/MAX Eagle Rock in 2015 as a licensed Realtor® and member of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors®. Nanci and Gornall work together to ensure clients are taken care of promptly. Originally from Michigan, Gornall says he and his wife enjoy downtown Loveland with all the restaurants, breweries and shops, and love that they can also enjoy the outdoors. “Nature is our prescription for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to many recreation areas provides an easy dose of it when needed.” As a new agent with RE/MAX Eagle Rock, Gornall wanted to align himself with Nanci because she is a person of integrity and a great mentor. Dave can be reached at 970-590-8891.

About Nanci Garnand
Nanci Garnand started in real estate in 1995 after a successful career as a consumer, commercial lender and private banker. Garnand strives to maintain 80 percent of her business from referrals or repeat business. For more information, call (970) 227-1327 (call or text) or email Nanci@SellsRealEstate.com. You can also connect with Nanci on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nancigarnand), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancigarnand), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ngarnand).

About RE/MAX Eagle Rock
RE/MAX Eagle Rock in Loveland connects families to new construction, single family, luxury, and patio homes, as well as investor and commercial land and lots. Properties are often Mountain View properties, beach- or waterfront properties, or executive or luxury homes. The team at RE/MAX Eagle Rock helps clients that are looking for an exclusive home or just something in a specific area of Northern Colorado. Their staff of full-time, commercial brokers specialize in office, industrial, retail, investment, and business brokerage. Their commercial professionals’ experience and knowledge will enable you to clearly and quickly identify a course of action that delivers maximum value to your company or to your individual portfolio. Contact the RE/MAX Eagle Rock office at (970) 254-7124.

Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service  

Posted on | March 10, 2016 | No Comments

 

Bigger team, more specialties provide more bandwidth for listings and even better marketing in NoCo’s active real estate market

 

March 10, 2016 – Loveland, CO – Nanci Garnand and RE/MAX Eagle Rock are pleased to announce the expansion of the The Nanci Garnand Team with the addition of four new members, Sarah Bondie, Dave Gornall, Emily Worthan and Sandy Deeds.

 

Sarah Bondie says, “I decided to join the Garnand Team after meeting with Nanci and instantly appreciating her creative, positive vision for success and her ability to encourage the success and growth of those around her.” Bondie is focused on using the best, most powerful online tools to make the Garnand Team and clients’ properties stand out as part of an unwavering, trusted internet presence. Born in Fort Collins and raised in Michigan, Sarah was glad to return to Colorado, where she met her husband, in 2004 and move back to Fort Collins in 2010. Her creative interests include designing a creating clothing and accessories for infants and children.

 

Emily Worthan comes to RE/MAX Eagle Rock after years working from home and raising her two children. Joining the Nanci Garnand Team as Nanci’s assistant allows her to learn more about Colorado real estate. “I decided I wanted to get back into real estate because that’s what I really enjoyed when I was actively selling in Wyoming, and now I have some extra time.” Now that her children are both in school, Worthan hopes to reinstate her Wyoming real estate license and get her Colorado license to add to the team’s capabilities as an agent.

 

Sandy Deeds has been a licensed real estate agent since 2000. Deeds has mentored starting agents for many years, taught at Real Estate College and been a personal assistant to several top Fort Collins agents. Her knowledge of systems coordination, contracts and lead generation make her a great addition to the Nanci Garnand Team. “I joined Nanci’s team because of the opportunities for dynamic growth in different areas of the business,” said Deeds. “I look forward to taking on new challenges in the real estate industry.”

 

Dave Gornall joined RE/MAX Eagle Rock in 2015 as a licensed Realtor® and member of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors®. Nanci and Gornall work together to ensure clients are taken care of promptly. Originally from Michigan, Gornall says he and his wife enjoy downtown Loveland with all the restaurants, breweries and shops, and love that they can also enjoy the outdoors. “Nature is our prescription for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to many recreation areas provides an easy dose of it when needed.” As a new agent with RE/MAX Eagle Rock, Gornall wanted to align himself with Nanci because she is a person of integrity and a great mentor. Dave can be reached at 970-590-8891.

 

About Nanci Garnand

Nanci Garnand started in real estate in 1995 after a successful career as a consumer, commercial lender and private banker. Garnand strives to maintain 80 percent of her business from referrals or repeat business. For more information, call (970) 227-1327 (call or text) or email Nanci@SellsRealEstate.com. You can also connect with Nanci on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nancigarnand), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancigarnand), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ngarnand).

 

About RE/MAX Eagle Rock

RE/MAX Eagle Rock in Loveland connects families to new construction, single family, luxury, and patio homes, as well as investor and commercial land and lots. Properties are often Mountain View properties, beach- or waterfront properties, or executive or luxury homes. The team at RE/MAX Eagle Rock helps clients that are looking for an exclusive home or just something in a specific area of Northern Colorado. Their staff of full-time, commercial brokers specialize in office, industrial, retail, investment, and business brokerage. Their commercial professionals’ experience and knowledge will enable you to clearly and quickly identify a course of action that delivers maximum value to your company or to your individual portfolio. Contact the RE/MAX Eagle Rock office at (970) 254.7124

Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Posted on | February 18, 2016 | No Comments

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Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Innovation Pavilion’ inaugural event honors leading Colorado companies

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

In response to the honor, Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, “We couldn’t be more honored to receive this recognition. It’s truly an honor and, as noted at the awards ceremony, this is Colorado’s award; we merely accepted it. Thanks to Manufacturer’s Edge, School of Mines, OEDIT, Ball and Lockheed and certainly to all the employees of Faustson for their hard work and efforts to make these ideas a reality.”

See video of Hostetter and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi at the award ceremony here.

Faustson was nominated for its long history of leading its field in innovation. Faustson won the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in building a practical research center in Colorado that provides testing, performance analysis, and materials knowledge for 3D metal printed parts; especially as those parts apply to aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

All nominees were evaluated by entrepreneurial community leaders and Innovation Pavilion partnership organizations. Selection criteria were based on a peer review of a company’s outstanding contribution to advancing innovation in Colorado.

About the awards ceremony, Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion Founder and CEO, said “Since our founding, it has been our mission and vision to recognize and promote leaders in our entrepreneurial community. It is our honor to highlight these nominees in our newest expansion location, Parker, CO. This event has brought together leaders from every sector of our community- businesses, government, and non-profits. These productive collisions are what make Colorado such a special place that promotes problem solving, collaboration, and innovation”.

About Innovation Pavilion
Innovation Pavilion is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs where productive collisions lead to creative solutions. Located in Centennial, Colorado, Innovation Pavilion provides co-working spaces, business incubation programs, job readiness training, and a collaborative community that brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit www.innovationpavilion.com.

About Faustson Tool
Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter-at-faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

Faustson Proud Partner in $2.4 million OEDIT Grant to Establish 3D Metal Additive Center

Posted on | December 17, 2015 | No Comments

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Faustson Proud Partner in $2.4 million OEDIT Grant to Establish 3D Metal Additive Center

AIA accelerator grant for commercializati
on infrastructure puts Colorado at the forefront of 3D metal printing revolution

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, is part of a consortium receiving a $2.4 million infrastructure grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) as part of the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. The group – headed by Manufacture’s Edge – will use these funds to build infrastructure to assist in 3D metal printing standardization and qualification for businesses of all sizes.

“This work is the next step in our ongoing effort to lead Colorado in 3D metal printing expertise,” said Alicia Svaldi, president of Faustson. “For thirty years, we’ve worked to be early adopters in metal machining technologies and capabilities, and we’re proud to continue that tradition.”

Other members of the consortium include Ball Aerospace, Colorado School of Mines, and Lockheed-Martin. A research and development center will be built at Mines and be dedicated to performing applied research and creating database infrastructure to qualify printers and their parts. Mines will continue ongoing research with Faustson and Concept Laser on the first U.S. Installed dual-laser 3-D metal printer at Faustson’s facility in Arvada. Work will continue in the effort to greatly reduce manufacturing times and improve precision, accuracy and precision.

Faustson VP Heidi Hostetter said, “Our team, which combines manufacturing expertise, academia, support organizations, federal expertise, and the support of the state, is poised to further Colorado’s position as a leader in cutting-edge manufacturing. We’re able to create parts that are not possible using traditional machining techniques, and this will further Colorado’s position as a leader in additive manufacturing and aerospace.”

The 3D Metal Additive center will be a member-supported research center focused on understanding the characteristics and performance of 3D printed advanced metal alloys used in advanced manufacturing industries. OEDIT contributed $2.5 million of Advanced Industries Grant funds, while founding consortium members matched that with more than $5 million in matching funds, and contributed personnel and equipment resources to create the center at the Colorado School of Mines.

The first six months of activity will focus on building specified test parts at Lockheed Martin and Faustson, analyzing the characteristics of those parts at a microscopic level at the Colorado School of Mines, and analyzing the impact of the various manufacturing processes and conditions used to create the parts. This work will continue indefinitely, beyond the time frame of the grant, as the center will be a self-sustaining center of excellence for Colorado.

At the six-month mark, Manufacturer’s Edge and the Colorado School of Mines will roll out initial membership details for companies wishing to participate in further research efforts and results. At that time, the center will expand its scope to include new alloys and manufacturing methods driven by the needs of Colorado manufacturers.

OEDIT and the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program announced that a total of $4.350.000 has been awarded this week for infrastructure grants to assist Colorado’s high-tech industries. Infrastructure Funding Grants provide state funding to collaborative projects that will have a wide reaching industrial impact across one or more of Colorado’s Advanced Industries. Projects may provide shared working space and/or equipment, workforce training and mentorship for Colorado companies.

About the Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs

The Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs (AIA) were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by driving innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital and creating a strong infrastructure that increases the state’s capacity to be globally competitive. AIA encompasses three distinct grant programs: Proof of Concept, Early Stage Capital and Retention, and Commercialization Infrastructure.

About Faustson

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter@faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

Denver Escape Room Celebrates Anniversary with Nov. 13 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Posted on | November 3, 2015 | No Comments

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Denver Escape Room Celebrates Anniversary with Nov. 13 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Make a break to a fun escape for a good cause

Northglenn, CO – When he set up one of the first escape room attractions in the Denver area, Brian Lacertosa had no idea it would be such a success. In its first year, Denver Escape Room earned Rookie Business of the Year and People’s Choice awards from the City of Northglenn. It has also spawned four new locations – two in Arizona and one each in California and Oregon. Lacertosa attributes the Denver Escape Room’s popularity to the great community of people who have enjoyed the mental challenge and change of pace offered by this growing attraction.

Denver Escape Room celebrates its first anniversary Friday, November 13, 2015. Although the party is free to attend, donations will be taken to fund a cause dear to the owner’s heart. Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.1 million people worldwide, and for Lacertosa it has hit close to home, striking a dear family member.

In 2003, Lacertosa’s Uncle Rick was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. The family was devastated by the news, but his aunt and uncle refused to let it be the end of their adventure. Lacertosa’s aunt and uncle spent the remaining time they had together travelling the world while Rick could still complete trips to places like Italy and Australia. Rick spent the last four years of his life in assisted living, where he passed away earlier this year.

Had it not been for his aunt’s appreciation of puzzles and adventure and her help in starting the Denver Escape Room, Lacertosa may not have seen his business come to fruition. One thing that makes the Denver Escape Room a regional destination is that it exercises participants’ minds, requiring them to flex their mental muscles to find their way out of a locked room.

Now, a year after its launch, Denver Escape Room is a popular regional spot to spend an evening with family or friends or schedule a team-building event. In memory of his uncle and in thanks for the support of his aunt, the Denver Escape Room is requesting that patrons make donations in lieu of the normal admission fee to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Colorado Chapter.

About Denver Escape Room
Denver Escape Room, with four challenging real-time, live-action mystery rooms to challenge your problem-solving skills, is located at 11674 Huron St, Suite 300, Northglenn, Colorado. For more details or to book a reservation, visit https://denverescaperoom.com/book-now/. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/denverescaperoom/.

The 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Held October 10-11 & 17-18

Posted on | October 1, 2015 | No Comments

logo-white_mediumThe 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Held October 10-11 & 17-18

Tour area studios, visit with artists, and invest in their work

Loveland, CO. – The 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour will be held the second and third weekends in October. This exhibition is an exciting opportunity for community members and art collectors to see inside local artists’ studios, free of charge. The event dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th, and Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

The event is designed to enhance the recognition of the art community in Loveland and allow visitors to see firsthand the quality of work being produced locally. Visitors will be able to see what artists are currently working on, and will get the first look at newly completed artwork. They will also get an inside look at aspects of the culture of the art world. Tour the studios of artists around town as well as the newly renovated ArtWorks and the new $8.9 million ArtSpace facility downtown.

There will be an opening reception for the tour held on Friday October 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. On September 11th, LAST hosted a Meet the Artist reception, where more than 200 community members were able to talk to participating artists about their work and studio spaces. A preview show featuring art from artists and galleries participating in the tour will run through November 1st at the Loveland Museum/Gallery.

Admission to all participating galleries is free for both weekends of the tour. Brochure map will be provided for attendants of the event helping them navigate the participating galleries and artist studios. Using the brochure map, visitors can plan their walking, biking, or driving route between galleries and studios. These brochures are now available at the Lincoln Gallery, the Loveland Museum/Gallery, local galleries, and other local businesses.

There are still opportunities for local businesses to sponsor LAST. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor as an individual or business, please contact Anna Hultin at 970.219.9506, or e-mail lovelandartstudiotour@gmail.com.

About the Loveland Art Studio Tour
Loveland Art Studio Tour, now it its seventh year, takes place over two weekends in October. The 2015 Tour dates are October 10-11 and 17-18. Artists open their galleries or studios to the public to showcase their artwork, including works in progress, and their creative process. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or drive to participating galleries, get to know area artists, and support them by purchasing their work. Major sponsors include the Thompson Valley Art League, Loveland Museum/Gallery, and the City of Loveland. Learn more at http://www.lovelandartstudiotour.com/, or www.facebook.com/lovelandartstudiotour.

Helping the Lucianos Get Back on Their Feet

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | No Comments

SMC is helping a disaster recovery group share the news of the ongoing work and successes it is having in aiding those impacted by the 2013 flood in Colorado.

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UMCOR coordinates labor, resources to ensure Milliken, CO family has a safe, healthy home

Milliken, Colorado, a Weld County town of a few thousand, sits six miles east of I-25 on Colorado Highway 60. A number of local streams, the Big Thompson, Little Thompson and South Platte Rivers, and several irrigation ditches that serve the surrounding land run around and through the community.

Normally, those ditches and tributaries are a lifeline for those in this high plains agricultural area; but during the September 2013 deluge, the floodwaters flowing through them left their banks. Rivers changed course, disrupted lives, and destroyed property. For many Milliken residents, including those living in the 33-unit Evergreen Mobile Home Park, life was challenging enough. Then the flood washed away what little they had.

Andrea Luciano and her family – her mother, young sister, and three daughters – were already struggling. Andrea, a single mom, cares for her three children and infant sister while her mother, also a single parent, works to support the household. When the flood came, their home of five to six years, along with the homes of most of their neighbors in the vulnerable, low-income community, sustained significant damage.

“The biggest problem was that park residents were evacuated, and were not allowed back in for at least 10 days,” notes UMCOR Case Manager Melinda Ciricillo. That was at least in part due to safety concerns over the property, which sits in the flood plain, along with the fact that the three rivers made every bridge in town impassable, isolating all of Milliken for four to five days. “Some of the homes were moved around by the water, some were completely destroyed, and while Andrea’s stayed put, it had a lot of water that got in and just sat there.” What was left when the water receded was ruins – soaked flooring, walls, furniture, personal possessions – and the mold that inevitably followed.

The family also faced other challenges. Evergreen Mobile Home Park and the adjacent Martin Family Trailer Park provide the only low-income living situation in Milliken, where some residents have lived for 40 years. 35 homes in the two parks were destroyed, and eight were severely damaged. 200 people were evacuated, and the parks’ residents scrambled to find temporary housing of any kind. One large family was housed by the town in its new, not-yet-opened museum.

The change in the adjacent river’s course changed the floodplain itself, and their mobile home was old enough that moving it was not an option. The town considered buying the land where these homes were and turning it into a public park, without adding any other affordable housing options, and struggled to balance long-term safety and short-term disaster recovery needs. It would ultimately take four months for them to get back into their home. Emotions flared and tempers ran short.

“It really left them in limbo. They lost everything, and were facing tremendous uncertainty.” On top of all that, the family had to split up. Andrea and her three daughters found temporary living space, while Andrea’s mother and infant sister had to find separate accommodations.

“There had been a lot of activity in the immediate aftermath of the flood,” Melinda recalls. “They received some FEMA funds. In some cases they were not eligible for certain programs or funds. Volunteers came soon after the flood to muck out and clean the unit and do some repairs. She was very grateful to have the help she got; but it was clear much of the work had not been done by experienced folks. It was fine, it was safe, but it wasn’t finished.”

The result was a serviceable but incomplete living situation. Trim was missing and drywall unfinished, leaving gaps and seams that were tempting for the young Luciano children to poke, pick, and pull at. Andrea, meanwhile, was not aware that there were any other sources of assistance available to her.

That’s when a neighbor, an older gentleman who was also one of Ciricillo’s clients, stepped in. The man, who Ciricillo describes as “a patriarch of the community” told the family to contact Ciricillo through Weld Recovers to see if the UMCOR team could help.

Ciricillo opened a new case file for Andrea, and brought in Project Manager Larry Glover to visit the home and make an initial assessment. The Salvation Army, which was very active in Milliken during the early phases of the recovery process, provided just over $400 in funding for the materials needed to get the home where Glover wanted it to be. Volunteer Coordinator Deb Campbell went to work finding volunteer groups that could go to work helping the Lucianos’ lives return to normal.

Glover had noticed, during his initial walk-through, that the toilet lacked a seat, which stuck with him. “I didn’t feel right about that with the little girls living there,” he said. Later in the week, he brought and installed a new seat for them as a Christmas gift. In an odd series of events involving the theft, replacement, and return of a Christmas tree in front of a burger restaurant that was near the Weld Recovers office, Ciricillo got the family the Christmas tree the Luciano children were longing for.

The Watermark Mission team arrived from Wisconsin to tackle the long list of work, and then some. “They really went the extra mile,” notes Ciricillo. “They found that the stairs, for example, while functional, but wobbly. Even though they were serviceable, Watermark volunteers were concerned about the kids using them. Even though it was not on the work order, they took it upon themselves to fix them to make them as sturdy, solid, and long-lasting as they could be.”

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One crew was on site working before Christmas, and the family was making tamales as part of their Christmas meal. The Lucianos sent all of them away when the day’s work was done with a bag of fresh tamales.

“The Watermark team made a strong connection with the family,” Campbell notes. “They worked a total of 162 hours on the Luciano home.” Another task where they went above and beyond, she adds, was in replacing the door to the furnace closet. “It had been damaged and removed, and the opening was an odd size since it was in a mobile home. We didn’t have the budget to order a special size as a replacement. The Watermark team brainstormed and designed a cover out of leftover paneling, and they used that to secure the closet from tiny, curious children, while allowing access to the furnace.”

That left most things done, and a clear, short list of tasks remaining to make the Luciano residence whole once more. A volunteer team from Sunrise UMC in Colorado Springs, a church community that has played a big role in helping Northern Colorado recover from the 2013 flood, will finish that work this June, in just a couple of weeks when they make yet another trek north along the Front Range to help Northern Colorado flood victims.

“There is some additional work to be done on the exterior of the home,” notes Ciricillo. There’s some siding to be completed, and the whole home needs a coat of paint.” Andrea is picking out colors, and Melinda is optimistic that that the Weld Recovers Unmet Needs Committee will provide the $450 to purchase the paint and supplies. Sunrise UMC volunteers will then happily apply it, and, quite literally, put the finishing touches on

24th Annual Governor’s Art Show Announces Awards

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | No Comments

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24th Annual Governor’s Art Show Announces Awards

Outstanding works by participating artists and local students honored

Loveland, Colorado – The 24th Annual Governor’s Art Show has honored 11 works by artists participating in this year’s show. A panel has named one piece Best in Show, and has designated 10 other pieces with Awards of Merit. Work by local students was also honored, and those young artists received scholarships funds from the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs.

“We are proud of the 24-year track record the Governor’s Art Show has established of being a place to see and purchase some of the best work by the best artists from throughout Colorado,” said Show Director Pam Osborn. “Entries and interest in the show keep growing each year, and we welcome those interested in seeing and owning these works to Loveland.”

This year’s selection for Best in Show, receiving a prize of $1,000, is Emerge, flatwork by Windsor artist Mark Bailey. Bailey’s participation in this year’s show is the first time an artist has come full circle during the Governor’s Art Show’s 24 years. In 2001, Bailey, then a senior at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, received a Rotary Art Scholarship from the show of $1,000. He went on to study and launch his professional career, and this is the first year he’s entered the Governor’s Art Show.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the show this year, and excited to receive such an award. It is a really special occasion for me, being the first time showing my work in Colorado, in my home town at that, and to win Best in Show is truly an honor,” said Bailey.

Ten other pieces were given 2015 Merit awards, and $100 was presented to each of these artists. Those works can be seen here, and include:

Laundry Set Sail, Flatwork, by Dawn Normali

Sotto Voce – A Low Soft Voice, Flatwork, by Don Hamilton

A Little Mischief, Flatwork, by Ezra Tucker

Orange Sky, Flatwork, by James Biggers

Greenback Cutthroat, Flatwork, by Jeff Legg

Captain Percival Clankingstone, Sculpture, by Jon Paul Price

Meme, Sculpture, by Mark Leighliter

Winter Railyard, Flatwork, by Ron Zito

Crusin’, Flatwork, by Sherrie York

Onward, Sculpture, by Wayne Salge

 

Leighliter has a number of sculptures featured in a garden that will be in September’s “Gardens of the Year” issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.

Sherri York’s Cruisin’ reduction linocut was also accepted into the Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin for the 40th anniversary of that museum’s flagship show, which is widely recognized as the premiere exhibition of bird art in the country.

Student winners and recipients of $2,000 Loveland & Thompson Valley Rotary Art Scholarships this year include:

Brody Olson, Thompson Valley High School, for Above All Else, a digital work.

Macy Funk, Berthoud High School, for Vintage, a work in color pencil.

Tori Knutsen, Mountain View High School, for Float, done in pen ink.

 

The Governor’s Art Show Opening Night Gala will be Saturday, May 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and is the public’s first opportunity to view and purchase pieces on display by this year’s select group of artists. Tickets are available on the Governor’s Art Show website.

This show is open to the public May 31 through June 28, 2015 at the Loveland Museum/Gallery during regular museum hours. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 503 North Lincoln Avenue in downtown Loveland, Colorado. Visit the museum’s website for more information and hours of operation.

As part of the show’s opening weekend, the annual Plein Air Demonstration and Auction will be Sunday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Osborn Farm. More than a dozen artists will create and display work during this family-friendly event. Osborn Farm is located at 1230 South Boise Avenue in Loveland.

In addition, Heather Arenas, Dan Augenstein, Pat Saunders-White, Jeff Legg and Carolyn Barlock will do live demonstrations on Saturday June 13, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Loveland Museum/Gallery.

The 2015 show, as in years past, features a juried collection of outstanding works by Colorado artists. For more than 20 years, both the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs have combined efforts to sell more than $2 million of work by Colorado artists.

Beneficiaries of Sale Proceeds

This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs. Funds raised through the sale of art at the show go to clubs’ respective foundations. Throughout the year, funds are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, including the Thompson Valley Honor Society for painting Valentine hearts; shelter boxes for Haiti; medical supplies for those in need around the world; clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma; shoes for children in Thailand; Trees, Water, People; Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project; Project Self Sufficiency; House of Neighborly Service; art scholarships for local students’ and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships.

About the Governor’s Art Show

The Governor’s Art Show is the largest fundraiser and a capstone project of the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs. It stands out as one of the most prestigious exhibits of original art in the Western United States. For more information about the Governor’s Art Show, visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-663-0919, or email director@governorsartshow.org. You can also learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

Open Hang Art Event at Pulliam Creates Opportunity, Exposure

Posted on | February 25, 2015 | No Comments

Historic building becomes pop-up art space

for March Loveland Art Studio Tour fundraiser

logo-white_mediumLoveland, Colorado – Like peanut butter and jelly, art and history just go together. And now there is a new opportunity for regional artists, history lovers and the community to bring them together again – not peanut butter and jelly, but art and community history – when the Loveland Art Studio Tour’s Open Hang at the Pulliam Building opens March 20 and 21, 2015. A VIP opening and reception will be held Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Open Hang Show is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Organized by the Loveland Art Studio Tour, the Open Hang is a way for area artists to share their work with the community and for art lovers to find pieces from local favorites or to discover new artists. “The Open Hang is a new opportunity for Loveland artists,” said Sheron Buchele Rowland, LAST Executive Director. “We are excited about being able to showcase local artists in this format as well as show off this incredible historic building.”

For a small fee, any interested artist can bring up to three pieces of artwork to display during the event. Any two-dimensional or three-dimensional media can be displayed during the event. Each artist is responsible for bringing their own “Command-style” hangers, pedestals or lights to display their pieces, as well as an artist’s statement for display.

Open Hang events are occurring throughout the world and began in 1978 when Walter Hopps created the Museum of Temporary Art in Washington, D.C. Hopps’ vision was that for 36 hours anyone could show anything in the gallery. These types of events occur on a regular basis everywhere from Berlin to Hong Kong and now in Loveland.

The event is a fundraiser for the Loveland Art Studio Tour, an annual event each October where local artists open their studios to the public. In addition to the art show, representatives of Restore Pulliam will be on hand Saturday to discuss the historic building’s future as well as its past.

Here are the important details for interested participants: Artist entry fees are $20 per item submitted, or three pieces for $50. Student artists qualify for reduced entry fees, $15 per item, or three pieces for $35. There is a limit of three works per artist participating in the show.  There will be a 65/35 percent commission split for participating artists, which can be reduced for a limited number who sign up to assist during the event. Unsold artwork must be picked up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about participating in the Open Hang, attending the show, or the opening night reception, visit lovelandartstudiotour.com.

About the Loveland Art Studio Tour

Major sponsors include the Thompson Valley Art League, City of Loveland, Steven Held Design, Full Circle Marketing, Shannon Marketing Communications. Learn more at http://www.lovelandartstudiotour.com/, or www.facebook.com/lovelandartstudiotour.

Wise Geek Marketing Launches Service

Posted on | February 24, 2015 | No Comments

wise geek logoEffective, affordable online marketing service for small businesses focuses on driving web traffic, converting visits to sales, and delivering results

Loveland, CO – Every small business owner hears they need to improve their Internet presence to increase their business. They are bombarded by email solicitations, cold-calling sales people and media experts telling them what they should do. Meanwhile, they are trying to balance running a business every day. Many are left overwhelmed, paralyzed and failing to take advantage of new marketing opportunities.

Wise Geek Marketing solves this problem. It was created by two industry experts, Gordon Seirup and Vi Wickam, who realized they could leverage their combined talents and experience to create online marketing services that deliver results.

“Online marketing is about making the most of the system, not cheating the system,” said Seirup. “It’s a way to connect with your customers and prospects on the devices and networks they already use.”

We all know that the days of flipping through the phone book to find a business are long gone. People look for the products and services they need online. The key is showing up where your customers are looking.

“To be successful in online marketing, you need to understand your clients, their business, and their customers,” added Wickam. “Many online marketing companies don’t take the time to get to know their clients. As a result, they miss opportunities to help those clients succeed.”

Through a simple guided process, Seirup and Wickam work alongside their clients to implement a strategy that works for their business. “We want our clients to be able to concentrate on what they do best – running their business – while we do what we do best – online marketing,” said Seirup. “It’s our job to maximize exposure, drive traffic, and help convert those visitors into customers.”

About Wise Geek Marketing

Wise Geek Marketing is the result of two industry experts coming together to solve what they saw to be a rampant problem – online marketing services that don’t deliver results. At Wise Geek:

  • We believe online marketing should not be voodoo.
  • We believe that major providers in the industry simply do not care about the success or failure of their customers’ businesses.
  • We care about the business success of our clients.

The mission of Wise Geek Marketing is to provide tangible results using proven online marketing techniques. We each have more than 15 years of experience in marketing, website development, and business creation.

About Gordon Seirup

Gordon’s first business failed. Started in 1992, while he was in the second grade, he was nearly suspended for operating a business on school property (and as a result lost his initial investment of $10). While $10 doesn’t sound like a lot of money lost on a business venture, it’s a lot of money to an 8-year old! This loss was a formative experience and an important lesson learned early. In 1997 Gordon joined fellow classmate Rob Rowe and his business Rockin’ Rob’s Disc Jockey Service, which they continued to operate for six years through high school and briefly beyond. Gordon got into graphic design and web development in 1999, launching his first website for a paying client in 2000. After a brief distraction attaining a Psychology degree at Colorado State University, he returned to the industry professionally in 2008, and founded his website development and consulting company, Copper Leaf Creative, in 2011.

About Vi Wickam

Vi created his first website in 1995, just two years after AOL added Internet. Vi started his first IT and web development business in 1997 while he was still a computer engineering student at the University of Evansville. Rather than taking a “steady job” when he graduated, Vi decided that running a business and helping his clients was more fun, and might even make more money in the long run. Vi took that joy of helping his clients and grew On-Site Computer Solutions to more than $700K in annual sales. He ran On-Site profitably until 2009, then decided he was ready to return to God’s Country to be closer to his family, blue skies, and the amazing culture of northern Colorado. Over the last five years, Vi has continued to create and market awesome (and effective) WordPress and eCommerce websites. When Vi isn’t helping his clients do amazing things online, he is a champion fiddler.

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